What Is Low Blood Pressure?
While most individuals are concerned with their blood pressure being too high, an equally as serious health condition on the opposite end of the blood pressure spectrum is low blood pressure. Also called hypotension, low blood pressure is a health condition that involves an abnormal blood pressure level and can lead to dizziness, fainting, and even fatality.
The typical blood pressure ranges for every individual; however, certain parameters are accepted as being out of range for any individual. Generally speaking, a systolic blood pressure (top number) reading of 90 milliliters of mercury (mm Hg) or lower or a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 60 or less is considered low.
A number of factors can affect the body and cause low blood pressure. The most common causes of low blood pressure include pregnancy, heart conditions, endocrine problems, dehydration, blood loss, sepsis, allergic reaction, and malnutrition. Additionally, certain medications can cause low blood pressure. Medications associated with severe drops in blood pressure include diuretics, alpha and beta blockers, medications used to treat Parkinson’s disease, antidepressants, and sildenafil.
Natural Low Blood Pressure Treatment
Regulating blood pressure levels is extremely effective for good health. A number of natural low blood pressure treatment options are available for maintaining a stable blood pressure level. Drinking a glass of water with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in can regulate blood pressure and offer an added energy boost. Other methods include supplementing the diet with blackstrap molasses, consuming more raisins, and increasing salt intake. Each of these treatment options focuses on increasing the body’s level of healthful vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium to reach an appropriate level for overall health and well-being.
Apple Cider Vinegar
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 12/14/2009: Yvonne from Beverley, East Yorkshire, U.k.: "I've been taking ACV (just a supermarket brand but it's organic) since August. I take two teaspoonfulls in a glass of water and sip it throughout the day.
It was brilliant at first. I had so much energy I could take on the world! However, I'm finding now that even if I just have a small mouthful, I'm getting dizzy. What could be the cause of this do you think? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I've had to stop taking the ACV and I do miss the energy so..."
12/14/2009: Charlotte from Boston, USA replies: "Hi, I read (on this site, I think) that apple cider vinegar can cause an iodine depletion, so that may be causing your dizziness. Try adding a drop of iodine to your diet."
12/16/2009: Yvonne from Beverley, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom replies: "Thanks for that. I can't get iodine locally but expect I can source some on the web. Would it be okay to add this to my daily dose of ACV do you think?"
12/16/2009: Charlotte from Boston, Ma replies: "Hi. No, I would take it separately. Also read up on what happens to you if you take too much iodine (runny nose, pain in eyeballs, grave's disease, etc etc). Another thought I had is that apple cider vinegar might also be lowering your blood sugar levels so that you are experiencing hypoglycemia. Make sure to eat before you take the apple cider vinegar. That may help!"
12/17/2009: Yvonne from Beverley, East Yorkshire, U.k. replies: "Thank you so much. What a brilliant idea! Why didn't I think of that? I'll try taking the ACV after I've had my lunch and see if that helps. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed... I'll let you know what happens."
05/17/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: "Hi
I am considering re-starting ACV just 2 days a week to begin with (after stopping if over a month ago) for my food allergies. I just read that ACV helps in reducing blood pressure. I normally have a low blood pressure. Is it ok to take ACV in that case or would it reduce my blood pressure even further? I have just had a stunt with brain fog and don't want to get into any other trouble again.
[WARNING!] 08/06/2009: Julie from Washington, Dc replies: "I would be careful. I have low blood pressure and I felt dizzy after doing ACV for about a week. Proceed with caution."
09/08/2009: Yohanna from Denton, Tx replies: "I have hypotension and found that I cannot take ACV because it makes it worse, and especially makes me get really bad hypoglycemia. Then, no matter how much I eat, it it is difficult to stop feeling hungry and craving sugar. However, it might be OK to take ACV or any other vinegar with a meal, instead of just in a glass of water--especially a high-protein meal. I have yet to try this, but it might work."
10/27/2009: Nopey from Arkansaw, Usa replies: "Yup same goes for me ACV is gives me extremely low blod pressure and massive hypoglycemia which ends with me having mega anxiety for the rest of the day..so proceed with caution."
07/10/2010: Nickie from Ruislip, Middlesex Uk replies: "Thank you all so much for this useful feedback. My BP is usually on the low side, 100/60 - probably due to adrenals. In warm weather, after sitting for an hour with coffee (my one a day)and a book, it's not unusual to start greying out when I stand up but a little salt will usually stop me being wobbly. Yesterday it was very warm and my BP was 85/52 which concerned the doctor who postponed my small surgical procedure. I was a bit puzzled too BUT I've been using ACV daily, probably 4-6 tablespoons, since January - 6 months. I've read lots about it on this site but hadn't tuned into the BP angle because it has been miraculous in helping with pain from arthritic hips so I shan't stop. I take it with apple juice and water and sip all day and strangely enough have had hardly any grey out episodes; maybe the sugar from apple juice helps. I do use Himlayan salt on food but will take in water henceforth and thanks to the gentleman who posted the advice on supporting adrenals. Love this site. It's my first stop if anything's wrong. Nickie"
EC: Hi Nickie,
Please make sure to read up on the (thus far) 93 side effects reported from drinking apple cider vinegar here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/side_effects.html#ACV
09/08/2012: Louise from Sandy, Utah, Usa replies: "To Nickie, Because the apple cider vinegar is hard for you to use for your arthritis, there is a greater way to get rid of your arthritis. The solution is in a book called "Arthritis and Common Sense" by Dale Alexander. Basically what you do is upon arising drink 2 glasses of warm water on an empty stomach. Ten minutes later take a cod liver oil shake. Get a small bottle with a lid, like a baby food jar. In it put 2 tablespoons of whole milk with 1 tablespoon cod liver oil. Or you can use fresh squeezed orange juice, strained without the pulp, instead of the milk, whichever you prefer. Fresh orange juice and milk both have oil in, which they need to have for this to work. Do not use canned, frozen or bottled orange juice. I used the fresh orange juice. Give it a good 20 or more shakes so it combines (emulsifies) really well. Drink the shake and wait 30 minutes before eating breakfast. At night four hours after your last meal, take another shake. You are supposed to do this for 6 months. This procedure sends the cod liver oil directly to your joints. I had such terrible arthritis, I couldn't lift my head off the bed and had to roll out of bed to get up. I did this regimen, but skipped the night time regimen and only did it in the morning for 5 months. I haven't had arthritis for about 15 years. Now I also try to make sure I get cod liver oil in my diet. But the shake sends it right to your joints. I found out about this procedure while reading an old "Fate" magazine. The story was written by a woman whose husband was so crippled with arthritis he couldn't even work. The couple had four little children and she was pregnant. They were really desperate and felt the situation was hopeless. She fasted and prayed one whole day asking God for help. The next day she felt a very strong feeling which led her to a public library five miles away. She said she didn't understand it but followed willingly. It led her down a certain aisle of books where one stuck out inches farther than its fellows, which were all pushed back neatly in a row. When she read the title of it, "Arthritis and Common Sense, " she said she knew this was the answer to her prayers. Her husband took the shakes and within 3 days he was back to work. Amazingly she was not far from where I live. I checked with our library system to try to find the book for myself and the only book available was from the very same library she went to, so it had to be the same book she checked out from many years earlier. I have my own book now and the copyright is 1984. Good luck and bless you. This is a wonderful cure."
10/08/2009: Tigerbirdy456 from Miami, Fl, USA: "I was interested in trying Blackstrap molasses for low blood pressure. Anyone have any experience? But i am doubting it will work. I was thinking since the body needs a balance of potassium, magnesium, salt, and calcium..would taking blackstrap molasses (which gives u all of those vitamins, except salt) cause an imbalance and increase the lack of sodium in the body???"
[YEA] 04/17/2010: Bobbie from Sydney, Australia: "Raisins helped improve my low blood pressure:
I didn't realise that I had low blood pressure until my partner bought a blood pressure monitor so that he could keep an eye on his high blood pressure.
I was told that low blood pressure shouldn't be too much of a problem but it didn't take long to see a correlation between the times when I felt most tired and low energy, with the times when my pressure was lowest. I found a couple of sites on the internet which suggested soaking 30 raisins in about 1/2 cup of water overnight and then eating the raisins (chewing well) and drinking the water on an empty stomach first thing the morning. I did this three times during the course of one week and three months later my pressure has improved and I feel way more energetic."
05/04/2010: Raquel from Tarpon Springs Fl, Usa: "How to treat very low blood pressure? Mine is around 86/45"Replies
05/05/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan replies: "licorice!"
01/19/2009: Katie from Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada: "I would like to know what anyone recommends for LOW blood pressure."Replies
[YEA] 01/21/2009: Rosy from Orlando, Fl replies: "Some one I know takes salt tablet for low blood pressure. I wouldn't suggest table salt for this, you could try sucking on a Himalayan salt crystal a day."
01/23/2009: Robin from Rocky Ridge, Ohio replies: "Poor adrenal function is often a cause of low blood pressure. The book titled, Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson, www.adrenalfatigue.org explains the how's and why's and gives many natural suggestions as a way to nourish the adrenals back to health. The term is adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia.
Vitamin C, E and B vitamins, magnesium citrate, calcium and trace minerals and fiber. The herbs licorice, Ashwaganda root, Korean/Panax ginseng for men, Siberian ginseng/ Eleutherococus senticosus for women, ginger root, and Ginko Biloba in tincture form are all beneficial to the adrenals. The last one is adrenal cell or cortical extracts in liquid or pill form. Blessings, Robin"
[YEA] 09/08/2009: Yohanna from Denton, Tx replies: "The previous post mentions Dr. Wilson, whose book I have read. I would like to give him credit for the idea of drinking salt water. It works much faster and better than putting salt in your food. He says that it is because one of the four minerals in all of our cells, is sodium (calcium, magnesium, and potassium being the other three). When our cells don't have enough sodium (salt, and by the way sea salt is a great form of sodium), then they cannot take in and retain the water that they need.
I've been having really bad hypotension for the last week, so have been searching the net for remedies. I had forgotten about the salt water cure. 1/2 teaspoon is too much for me (gag). I just use my instincts, and shake the salt into the glass of water, stir and drink. Then-immediately, it made me drink cup after cup of fresh water, while I was still standing in my kitchen. My body really needed water!-but couldn't take it in without the sodium! I think my blood pressure might be better (I don't have a way to measure at home) because I feel bright-eyed and awake and energetic now. For some reason, salty food does not make me feel energetic--on the contrary, all food immediately makes me tired."
[YEA] 01/19/2009: Alan from San Francisco, CA: "I too have low blood pressure. My doctor told me that adding salt to a food will raise blood pressure. Anytime I feel dizzy, I eat something salty. It works, almost immediately. I use iodized salt. Though sea salt is much better for you, I am not sure it raises blood pressure."Replies
10/06/2011: Judy from Kville, Nc Usa replies: "Alan, they have sea salt now with iodine."
07/25/2013: Sleeplessin from Seattle replies: "My MD is suggested drink sea salt in water daily. The raisin cure is interesting because raisons have iron. There may other reasons than the obvious ones for low blood pressure, low aldosterone hormone, endocrine issues, allergic reaction, sepsis. Also low B-12 could be the cause. My MD said some people need way more B-12 than others even beyond the standard range. I'm on B-12 shots and folate. Check ferritin levels. Folic acid and iron just because your in the range doesn't mean you're not deficient. Also getting a iron binding capacity test is reasonable."